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I am proud to serve as the State Senator from Illinois’ 47th District, representing much of western Illinois. I hope you’ll find this site a useful resource in keeping up to date with what’s happening in our district and in Springfield. Please contact any of my offices with questions or ways I can better serve you.

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State Senator John Sullivan
47th Legislative District

Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) welcomed student members of Future Farmers of America to the Senate chamber during the group's lobby day on March 14. While visiting Springfield, the students delivered boxed lunches to legislators and showcased examples of their work. (click photos to enlarge)

Astoria High School

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sullivan-75x75SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Pat Quinn introduced his budget to legislators today at his annual budget address. Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) weighed in on the proposed budget.

"This is the first step in a long process of passing a budget here in Illinois. While I am extremely disappointed the governor's budget cut $400 million from our K-12 education, I am pleased to see additional funding for staff at our veterans homes," Sullivan said. "I'm pleased there are no additional facility closures, and I welcome this attempt to pay down our backlog of unpaid bills."

On Thursday, Senator Sullivan played host to three Western Illinois University students who are interns in his Macomb office. From left: Dan Fristrom, a junior in political science; Jillian Taylor, a junior in communications; and Shawn McBean, a senior in social work pose with Senator Sullivan at the president's desk.

On Thursday, Senator Sullivan played host to three Western Illinois University students who are interns in his Macomb office. From left: Dan Fristrom, a junior in political science; Jillian Taylor, a junior in communications; and Shawn McBean, a senior in social work pose with Senator Sullivan at the president's desk. (click to enlarge)

Senator Sullivan talks about the Rev. Augustus Tolton, the first African-American priest in the United States and a former resident of Quincy.

Senator John Sullivan (center) along with Quincy School District 172 Interim Superintendent Joel Murphy (left) and Assistant Superintendent Patricia Sullivan-Viniard (background), are greeted by students at Dewey Elementary in Quincy before Sullivan presented Illinois State Board of Education awards to area primary and secondary schools on Monday, Feb. 25.QUINCY – Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville), Illinois State Board of Education State Superintendent Christopher Koch, Quincy Mayor John Spring and other officials presented seven area schools with annual awards for academic performance on Monday.

Representatives from each school attended an event at Dewey Elementary School in Quincy. Dewey has been recognized as a Spotlight School — an award for schools with outstanding academic performance despite having a high percentage of low-income students — for 10 straight years.

The two other awards, Academic Improvement and Academic Excellence, presented at Monday's event honor substantially improved academic performance and consistently high academic performance, respectively.

"I'm delighted to recognize these students, teachers and administrators for the remarkable work they do," Sullivan said. "To receive these awards given our difficult and challenging budget times is even more remarkable. It's important that we take time to show our appreciation for a job well done."

"The educators, parents and students of these fine schools should be very proud of this achievement, especially during a time when the state and many districts are facing added economic pressures with cuts to education," Koch said. "I'm thrilled to be with all of you today at Dewey where consistent hard work has paid off year after year."

"I see every day the outstanding work performed by the teachers and staff at Dewey School, and all Quincy schools," Spring said. "It's a team effort — students, parents, teachers, support staff and administrators all working together to improve the quality of education."

Sullivan also presented each school with an Illinois State Senate Recognition honoring their accomplishments. After the presentation, Sullivan, Koch and Spring visited with students and faculty.

Awarded schools

Spotlight Schools (high-poverty schools with high academic performance):
West Prairie South Elementary, Colchester
Nauvoo Elementary, Nauvoo
Dewey Elementary, Quincy

Academic Improvement (schools with significantly improved yearly performance):
Astoria Junior High School, Astoria
V.I.T. Senior High School, Table Grove

Academic Excellence (schools with very high academic performance over at least three years):
Macomb Junior High School, Macomb
West Prairie North Elementary, Good Hope

Senator Sullivan visits with Western Illinois University students Wednesday at WIU's Malpass Library.

Senator Sullivan on Wednesday talked with members of Western Illinois University's history honors society about the importance of a liberal arts education and how it shaped his career as a legislator:

"Here are the tools that I believe it gave me: The ability to gather and collect information, to take that information and investigate it and analyze it, to then think objectively and to express my findings."

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Springfield Office:

417 State House
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-2479

Quincy Office:

926 Broadway, #6
Quincy, IL 62301
(217) 222-2295

Macomb Office:

1601 W. Jackson St., Suite 105
Macomb, IL 61455
(309) 833-5526